This edition of Weekend Download is the most love-filled edition ever. There's so much love below, you might think it's Valentine's Day. But it's not, it's just a whole lotta love. For example, tons of people love Dwarf Fortress. Tons. That collective love is now focused here on this very page, and if you download and play, you'll experience some of that love, too. Dr. Daisy Pet Vet is all about the pet love. Just look at those cute animals! And the kitty, she's reading a magazine! The energy orbs in Ballhalla love each other so much all you have to do is click them and they get all cozy with each other. And to top it all off, Mr. Heart just straight-up loves you. Very much, I hear.
Dr. Daisy Pet Vet (Windows/Mac, 25MB, demo) - Resource management has never been so adorable! Dr. Daisy Pet Vet puts you in the shoes of, surprisingly enough, Dr. Daisy, the pet vet! It doesn't depart from the time management formula we've grown to love in Miss Management or Cake Mania 2, but the setting is fresh and animal lovers will gush over all the cute puppies and kitties. When a pet comes in, check it in at the desk, then wheel it over to an exam table. Start your exam with another click, treat the animal and send it on its way. Making pets feel well kinda gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?
Ballhalla (Windows, 25MB, demo) - Meet Professor Quark and his matter transporter. In order to open portals to mysterious new lands this contraption needs energy. By clicking orbs that are sandwiched between orbs of another color they get sucked in, causing the original ball to get heavier. As you pull in orbs and make heavier pieces of energy, the bucket that holds all everything starts to tip. Make orbs as you can as heavy as you can while trying to keep the container balanced and hope the sweeper comes by and removes the weighted pieces soon. It's frantic, it's fun, and it's a little different than most of the puzzle game offerings out there.
Slaves to Armok II: Dwarf Fortress (Windows, 5.4MB, free/donationware) - First released in late 2006, Dwarf Fortress is an ambitious, massively detailed game that blends real time strategy with role playing and "god-game" elements. It gives you an entire world (and I don't use the word loosely) to interact with, complete with named landmarks above and below ground, thousands of creatures living persistent lives, an economy, weather, seasons, and a complete world history, all generated fresh for each player. But even that description doesn't do it justice. It has a decidedly old-school look and attitude, so don't jump in expecting flashy, in-your-face... anything. But still, it's an amazing feat of gaming brilliance. Dwarf Fortress recently received a massive update, giving you no excuse not to join the legions of addicted fans around the globe.
Mr. Heart Loves You Very Much (Windows, 0.5MB, freeware) - Winner of my own personal "Best Name for a Video Game EVAR" award, Mr. Heart is an original action/puzzle game entered in Kokoromi's Gamma 256 showcase. Guide Mr. Heart to, well, the heart locked inside the walls of each level. The controls are explained as you play, but expect to do a lot of stage rotation and wall pushing to complete each puzzle. And remember: Mr. Heart loves you.
Roach Roundup (Windows/Linux, ~5MB, freeware) - Everyone who likes roaches, raise your hand! Ahh... that's what I thought. If you despise the crunchy little buggers like the rest of us, Roach Roundup is the game for you! Using lamps placed around the screen, you must frighten the roaches to the trap where they meet an untimely doom. It's a puzzle game that relies on timing, though you won't get your reflexes in a bundle. Great visuals, a catchy musical remix, and you get to rid the pixel world of bugs.